A story that brings readers back into the world of femme fatales and men who wear fedoras as they head out to work, you will almost hear Bogie’s deep growl in the background as you clear your schedule and get lost in this truly haunting thriller.
Dix Steele is in California, surrounded by Hollywood stars, sultry women, and pure and utter sunshine every day of the week. Unfortunately, Dix is carrying something with him that makes it impossible to find the ‘bright’ side of life, and that particular thing is absolute insanity.
Dix came back from Europe after the War with pain in his heart and a truly masculine ego that he built up ever since he was a student at Princeton. He likes to stalk lovely ladies in the misty night as they walk off the bus and head to the safety of their houses. Small brunettes seem to be Dix’s specialty, as he takes on the job of stalking, strangling, and scaring the Californians to their very core.
One night, upset his prey got away, he ends up in a bar and phones an old friend. Brub was not only his buddy in college but he also served overseas. When Brub came home however, he went into law enforcement and is now working on the case of this hideous strangler who seems to be taking out one woman per month.
As Dix gets closer to his old friend, he tells a story about how he’s in L.A. writing a detective novel and would love to see the ‘inside view’ of a real live case. Living in the home of a ‘friend’ who apparently went to Rio on vacation, Dix settles into his game. However, when a woman who lives in the same apartment building by the name of Laurel Gray crosses his path, the veneer of the handsome, calm playboy begins to fall allowing the psycho to emerge.
This was an unforgettable movie starring Bogie and Gloria Grahame, and is as frightening and ‘cool’ now as it was back then. Enjoy!
Until Next Time, Everybody,